• As former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was laid to rest yesterday, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele shared his memories of Mr. Cuomo’s influence on the East End in the creation of the East End Economic and Environmental Task Force in 1993:
“He created a Task Force of 49 East End leaders that was chaired by Tom Twomey, whose own recent passing we still mourn,” said Mr. Thiele. “It produced a report with 44 recommendations that cemented the philosophy of public policy that has guided elected officials here for the past two decades. The economy is the environment and the environment is the economy. That report, “Blueprint for Our Future,” still provides guidance to East End policymakers today and still has a special place on my desk…. The Governor was a mentor and a model for a generation who aspired to a career in government and politics. He will be missed.”
• A California Sea Lion named Nila has just moved into the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. She was found malnourished, dehydrated and emaciated at the Naval Base Ventura County in California in March of 2014. The Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute rescued her but deemed her non-releasable because her timid temperament and behavior would make it difficult for her to forage for food or survive in the wild. Nila is behind the scenes while she gets adjusted to her new home and acclimated to New York winters. She will be gradually introduced to the Aquarium’s resident sea lions Java and Bunker and ultimately be seen by the public at the Sea Lion Coliseum.
• The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will be closed for exhibit maintenance today, but they will re-open tomorrow at 10 a.m., and will continue to have extended hours and free admission from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year.
• If you’re having trouble paying to heat your home during this cold snap, take advantage of New York State’s Home Energy Assistance Program before you experience a true emergency as the cold of winter deepens. Information about applying for the program is available online here. Tonight through tomorrow are expected to be the coldest days of the current cold snap.
• New York Sea Grant has announced its biennial research call for projects that will further the sustainable development, use, protection, conservation, and management of our coastal resources. Sea Grant’s pot of money for this call will be approximately $700,000 per year for two years, enough to support about six to eight projects beginning Feb. 1, 2016. The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015. For more information, visit their website.
• The Jamesport Meeting House was able to renovate their 1898 lecture room this year, installing a new carpet, new lighting, a new ceiling and adding a fresh coat of paint, with the help of donations from the community. This year, they’re setting their eyes on their 1910 kitchen, which is a little tired after a century of hard use. They’re planning to keep the original cabinets but add a functioning stove and perhaps a dishwasher. They also need to install a fire alarm system. Donations can be made to the Jamesport Meeting House, P.O. Box 330, Jamesport, NY 11947.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.